Holi Hai!

This Holi, skip the thandai in favour of some truly exotic cocktail recipes with these all-time favourite, pure spirits. Have fun creating and indulging in these vivid creations, as you celebrate the Festival of Colour with your loved ones!

Lifestyle Insider Glenmorangie - Orange Mingle


Glass: Nick & Nora

45 ml – Glenmorangie Original
2 ml – Orange Marmalade
10 ml – Aperol
15 ml – Lemon Juice
10 ml – Orange Juice
25 ml – Egg White
Orange Bitters

Garnish: Edible Flowers

Add all ingredients to a shaker and reverse dry shake. Double strain into a Nick and Nora glass. Garnish with bitters and edible flowers.

Lifestyle Insider Glenmorangie - Orange Highball


Glass: Highball

50 ml – Glenmorangie Original
50 ml – Soda Water
50 ml – Tonic Water
Orange Wedges

Garnish: Orange Wedge

Fill a highball with ice and add Glenmorangie. Squeeze on wedge into the glass and then top with Soda and Tonic Water. Garnish with an Orange Wedge.

Lifestyle Insider Hennessy Ginger Mule


Glass: Copper Mule Mug

60 ml – Hennessy Very Special
20 ml – Lime Juice
2 Dashes – Angostura Bitters
Ginger Ale

Garnish: Dehydrated Lime Wheel/Lime Wedge

Pour Hennessy Very Special, lime juice and bitters into a copper mule mug. Add ice cubes and top up with ginger beer/ginger ale. Stir with a bar spoon. Garnish and serve.

Lifestyle Insider Henny-Cillin


Glass: Rocks/Old Fashioned

50 ml – Hennessy VS
5 ml – Ardbeg 10/Smoky Whisky
22 ml – fresh lemon juice
22 ml – Honey Syrup
3 slices – fresh ginger

Garnish: Candied Ginger

Muddle the fresh ginger in the bottom of a shaker. Add the Glenmorangie, lemon juice, and honey syrup; add ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Pour the Ardbeg over the back of a bar spoon so that it floats atop the drink.

Lifestyle Insider Ginger Hennessy-To


Glass: Collins

60 ml – Hennessy Very Special
22 ml – Lime Juice
15 ml – Honey Water
15 ml – Fresh Ginger Juice
5-7 mint leaves

Garnish: Mint Bouquet

Muddle the mint in a shaker tin, then add the remaining ingredients, plus ice. Shake to chill, double strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice. Top with soda, float with the blackstrap, then garnish.

Lifestyle Insider Hennessy Ginger Sour


Glass: Rocks/Old Fashioned

50 ml – Hennessy Very Special
22 ml – lime juice
20 ml – fresh ginger syrup
Egg white
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Garnish: Candied Ginger/Lemon Peel

Add all the ingredients to a shaker – dry shake first, then add ice until chilled. Double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a candied ginger/lemon peel.

Lifestyle Insider Belvedere Super Cocktail – Turmeric


Glass: Highball

45 ml – Belvedere Vodka or Belvedere Ginger Zest
30 ml – Fresh Lime Juice
20 ml – Honey Syrup
60 ml – Moroccan Mint Tea
60 ml – Ginger Beer
1 dash – Turmeric

Garnish: Mint Sprig

Place all ingredients into a shaker except for the soda. Strain into a highball glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with mint sprig.

Lifestyle Insider Belvedere Super Cocktail – Carrot


Glass: Highball

45 ml – Belvedere Vodka
150 ml – Fresh Carrot Juice
20 ml – Fresh Lemon Juice
½ bar spoon – Miso or Dashi Powder
½ bar spoon – Ginger or Ginger Syrup
1 dash – Chili Flakes
7 ml – Honey Syrup

Garnish: Carrot Stem / Chili Flakes

Shake all ingredients with two ice cubes. Strain into a highball glass over fresh ice and garnish with carrot stem/chili flakes.

Lifestyle Insider Polska Mary


Glass: Highball

45 ml – Belvedere Vodka
20 ml – Tomato Juice
20 ml – Passata
20 ml – Beetroot Juice (optional)
10 ml – Lemon Juice (optional)
10 ml – Worcestershire sauce
3 dashes – Tabasco
Pinch Celery Salt

Garnish: 1 Lemon Wedge

Add all ingredients to a highball glass, and fill with ice. Stir to combine. Garnish with a lemon wedge.


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